Kerstival begins

Kerstival begins

Kerstival Well, today’s my birthday, so that means the shortest day of the year up in this part of the world. It also means the Belgians are celebrating – and I found one place that had this sign up – so clearly these guys take my birthday seriously!

Cake_1 Mum, Dad and Jenna had a birthday party for me and made a cake then called me to blow out the candles. Was lovely to chat to them!

Today I went to see Ghent in Belgium. Had a look online first and found out that it has some cool World Heritage sites. There’s heaps of world heritage sites in Belgium – a whole bunch of belfry towers are included. Took me a while to work out what was the main train station that I’d need to get off at, and so I headed out.

Belfry When I arrived I found that the city centre was miles away from the station – the most direct route was through some windy tight streets with boarded up windows, but I soon found a tram and hopped on and then next thing I was standing in front of
the Gravensteen, a castle built in 1180 by Count Philip of Alsace. Unfortunately it was closed, so I got a couple of pictures and wondered back towards town.

I popped down to the tourist market which was in a square in front of Saint Nicholas, Church and the Belfry of Ghent. I found a stand that sold bunches of real mistletoe – something I had never seen until just a few weeks ago.

As it was getting rather dark I headed back to the train station and to Antwerp. On my way to the appartment I found a sign for a place celebrating the "Kerstival" over the next few days – so clearly these Belgians really appreciate my birthday!

All in all, a fabulous birthday!